The award was the first ‘Best in the West’ award for HxBIA. In the category of Special Events, the award recognized the unique new event, Experience Hastings Crossing, that the BIA launched earlier this year. The event partnered 20 local businesses with Downtown Eastside social enterprises and nonprofits in an effort to share the great work of these community organizations while providing special promotions and features at local businesses.
Special features included selling social enterprise products in businesses, doing portion donations for every burger sold at local pubs, free spin classes for bringing warm clothing or canned food items and more. The week long event also featured a crawl where guests had the chance to sample custom made candy, doughnuts, and beer, and learn about the connections local businesses have with the surrounding community.
Special thanks to all the businesses, social enterprises, and nonprofits that participated in this new event, to HxBIA’s Connections Committee for the organization of the event, and to our sponsors: Warner Brothers, The Tyee, Georgia Straight, and Ultra XPress Printing!